University of Miami School of Law, Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, 2011
Michigan State University, Bachelor of Arts in Finance, 2007
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC
225 W. Wacker, Suite 1750
Chicago, IL 60606
Lauren Tuckey Murray focuses her practice on prosecuting claims of product liability, construction negligence and wrongful death. Lauren specializes in navigating clients through complex cases involving catastrophic loss and aggravating factors. Integral to Lauren’s favorable results are her strong working relationships with her clients, allowing her to learn every nuance of a case. Lauren’s ability to research and synthesize issues gives her clients a distinctive advantage.
Prior to joining Taxman Pollock Murray & Bekkerman, LLC, Lauren represented national general contractors and leading international oil and gas companies in the defense of allegations of unsafe construction practices. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin featured a favorable defense verdict obtained for a client in the Cook County case of Rizner v. The Weitz Company, et al., where the jury found that the plaintiff was 40% at fault for his own injuries due to his failure to wear fall protection.
As part of her previous product liability defense practice, Lauren represented leading manufacturers, distributors and service providers of a variety of products, including vertical lifts and conveyer systems, automated teller machines, barrier gates, electrical gaming systems, current transformers in electrical power systems, crash cushions, and pool ladders, against allegations of design defects and negligent installation, maintenance and repair. She has also handled product liability claims arising from fires.
Prior to joining a defense practice, Lauren interned with nationally-known plaintiff’s trial attorney Geoffrey Fieger, and assisted in a month-long fraudulent misrepresentation trial that resulted in an $18.1 million dollar verdict. She also interned with Judge George Caram Steeh of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in Detroit. Lauren also assisted leading Michigan trial attorney Ven R. Johnson in a diverse national practice including medical malpractice claims of birth trauma, surgical error, failure to properly administer medications, misdiagnosis of a medical condition and nursing home negligence resulting in death. While at Johnson Law, PLC, Lauren helped to secure a confidential multi-million dollar settlement against a Michigan county for its failure to provide medical care to a prisoner who died in his cell from a ruptured appendix after requesting medical care over many days.
Lauren is active in the century-old Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, whose founding members played a vital role in gaining women the right to vote and to serve on juries. Lauren is proud to carry forward the WBAI’s mission to advance and protect the interests of women lawyers. In the face of statistics that the percentages of women in leadership positions have remained low and stagnant over the last 20 years, Lauren worked with the president of the WBAI to create the Top Women Lawyers in Leadership event, which gave exceptional women leaders a platform to share their formula for success with other women in order to bridge the gender gap in future generations.
While not practicing plaintiff’s personal injury, Lauren is honored to represent children pro bono in contested guardianship cases. Lauren is also an avid “foodie.” She graduated top culinary school Kendall College’s certificate program in 2015. She enjoys serving as an adoption counselor at PAWS Adoption Center. She also enjoys taking Buddy, a service dog, around the Jesse Brown Veterans Hospital to cheer up patients who have fought for our country.
Lauren graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where faculty selected her to receive the National Order of the Barristers Award for excellence in oral and written advocacy, reserved for the top three students in each class. Lauren also received a Book Award for earning the highest grade in Legal Research and Writing. Lauren scored in the top 7% of her class in the 1L Moot Court Competition, earning the ability to represent the University of Miami at moot court competitions across the country. Lauren was later elected president of the University of Miami Moot Court Board, leading the Board to a #19 national ranking. Lauren was also elected vice-president of the Honor Council, was elected by her peers to the Society of Bar and Gavel for leadership and community involvement, and chaired the Student Bar Association Election Commission. Before law school, Lauren earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Michigan State University.